USD Law Alumnus A. Barry La Forgia ’76 (JD) to Receive Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award at Alumni Honors

San Diego (April 12, 2017) – The University of San Diego (USD) will honor A. Barry La Forgia, ’76 (JD), with the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award at Alumni Honors on April 22, 2017.

La Forgia, a former United States Air Force pilot, attorney and business owner, is the founder and executive director of International Relief Teams — a San Diego-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering by providing health services and critical assistance to victims of disaster, poverty and neglect worldwide.

After La Forgia participated in a mission trip to Peru, where he helped construct shelters for the impoverished people living in the Amazon jungle, he was inspired to start his own nonprofit, called International Relief Teams. In the 28 years since, the organization has given more than $350 million in humanitarian aid and has deployed more than 6,500 medical and construction volunteers to 68 countries including the United States. International Relief Teams has received a four-star rating for 13 consecutive years on Charity Navigator, a distinction achieved by only 1 percent of all rated organizations.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, earning advanced degrees in economics, business and law, and serving in Vietnam, flying over 100 tactical airlift missions, La Forgia ran a successful law practice for 12 years before founding International Relief Teams.

La Forgia has received numerous awards for his visionary leadership of IRT and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City Club of San Diego, “Man of the Year” by the St. Thomas More Society of San Diego, and was one of San Diego Magazine’s “People to Watch,” among other awards.

La Forgia resides in San Diego with his wife, Kennette. They have two sons and two grandsons.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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